San Francisco’s Spectacular Vegan “Millennium Restaurant” was Location of Blooming Platter Cookbook Book Signing Dinner

The Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco was the first vegan restaurant in which I ever dined.  It was many years ago while at an art conference with my good friend, Anne Wolcott, who had heard about it.  (If you live in San Fran or ever visit the area, do yourself a favor, and put this restaurant on the top of your list!)

I thought my initial experience was spectacular and I would hazard a guess that many, if not most, of this gourmet restaurant’s patrons are not necessarily vegetarian or vegan, just lovers of delicious, beautiful and creative food.  I was so enchanted by it that I purchased one of their cookbooks and it has remains a source of inpiration.

So, when my dear San Francisco friend, Yvette Hetrick, suggested a private West Coast book-signing dinner for The Blooming Platter Cookbook in combination with a trip to the West Coast to celebrate one of my “milestone” birthdays, the Millennium leaped immediately to mind.  Planning the party for 30 in the restaurant’s private “Millennium Wine Room” with the help of general manager, Alison Bagby, was a delight.

Now in a new location on Geary Street, but still connected to a hotel, the food and atmosphere are as appealing as ever.  For a very affordable price of $50 per person, not including wine (more on this soon!), the chef offered three appetizers (including corn flour-dusted fried oyster mushrooms to die for–reminiscent of fried calamari–and everyone’s favorite); a delightfully fresh salad with a lemony dressing; 3 different entrees with beautiful sides and sauces (an Asian crusted tofu, a tamale, and a beet-and-barely cake); and either sorbet or my choice: Chocolate Almond Midnight, the restaurant’s signature dessert.

One of the guests, who were almost entirely meat-eaters (but very generous in their embrace of The Blooming Platter), said after tasting the Chocolate Almond Midnight, “I would become vegan for the desserts alone!”

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  1. First, a belated milestone congratulations. I am the Executive Director of SaveNature.Org a small, but fierce conservation organization that links children, families, the public, businesses and corporations to saving the diversity of life on earth in rainforests, coral reefs and deserts. I believe “the health of the individual determines the health of the planet.” That said, we are planning three nights of very special dinners with Millennium October 20th, 21st and 22nd to celebrate Food Day – I would love to invite you to share this with your West Coast fans and if you find your way back to SF, to come and join us. Funds will support our educational outreach program Edible EdVentures into undeserved schools here in the Greater Bay Area.
    All the very best to you.

  2. Hi Norman, I’m so glad you contacted me. Thank you for your well wishes and best of luck with your important work. Millennium is, of course, the perfect place to host your dinners. I trust they will be tremendously successful. How I would LOVE to be in SF in October. As a teacher, though, fall doesn’t lend itself to cross-country travel. If you want to email me with a condensed version of what you would like to share with a photo, preferably, I’d be happy to post it on my FB page. I’m sure you also know to post announcements on some of the FB group pages who support the kind of work you do. Cheers!

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